11 ways with grilled cheese

Give in to our mouthwatering variations on the classic comfort food.

Golden Gate Grilled Cheese
This version is like a Monte Cristo ― only better. The parmesan crust is pure genius.

Recipe
Yield: Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese
4 freshly cut slices from a sourdough loaf
6 ounces thinly sliced turkey
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 slices muenster cheese

Preparation
1. In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, and chile flakes. In a medium bowl, whisk egg and milk. Spread parmesan on a plate.
2. In a large frying pan, melt half the seasoned butter over medium heat. Dip 1 bread slice in egg mixture, coating one side only. Dip coated side into parmesan. Place to one side in frying pan, cheese side down. Repeat with 1 of remaining bread slices. Arrange turkey, avocado, cilantro, and muenster on slices, dividing evenly.
3. Dip remaining bread into egg and then into parmesan. Arrange on sandwiches, cheese side up, and cook over medium heat until undersides are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Lift sandwiches and add remaining butter to pan; flip and cook until second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Grilled Pastrami, Swiss, and Sweet Onion Marmalade on Rye
Make the marmalade ahead so you can whip these babies out in just a few minutes. Leftover marmalade is terrific on pork chops and roast beef.
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Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese on Sourdough
This sandwich is also great served open faced, using toasted bread. Lynn Blair invented it one day when she was trying to figure out what to do with leftover crab.
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Single Girl's Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Artichokes, Tomato, and Black Olives
This sandwich was Kimberly Feltz's comfort food when she was in her 20s, living on her own. "I put all of my favorite foods on it ― it's my 'Treat Yourself Special' grilled cheese sandwich."
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Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Sourdough
Gaines invented this delicious, tangy-sweet sandwich to use the plentiful apricots from his neighbor's tree, which hung over the property line. "He told us we could have all the fruit on our side of the fence," Gaines explains.
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